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Able Seaman Interview Questions

1. What do you enjoy most about being a seaman?
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An Able Seaman (AB) is an unlicensed member of the deck department of a merchant ship. An AB may work as a watchstander, a day worker, or a combination of these roles.
Source: wikipedia.org/wiki/Able_Seaman_(occupation)

Able Seaman Interview Questions

2 of 15

If you saw a fellow seaman, doing something unsafe, what would you do?

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1.
Everything about the sea and the close friendship with the shipmate.
 
2.
I love the sea, working on it, having a different view out of my office window everyday and no day is ever the same. There is always something to do on a ship and always something to learn.
 
3.
To travel over the world for free and I love sea ocean.
 
4.
As a seaman being trusted by the people on board is a great responsibility and it make me happy.
 
5.
Because travel around the world.. And beautiful country..
 
6.
I enjoy about being a seaman. You can travel in other places freely.
 
7.
Everything about the and the close friendship with the ship mate.
 
8.
Travelling around the world.
 
9.
Being sorrounded by ocean.
 
10.
Seamans job s totally diffrent than other workd.
 

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Question
#3 of 15

1 fathom equl to

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1.
6 feet
 
2.
6 feet.
 
3.
Two shackle.
 
4.
2
 
5.
6 feet or 15 shackles.
 
6.
6 feets
 
7.
One shackle.
 
8.
6 linear feet
 
9.
Deck cadet.
 
10.
15 shackle.
 

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#4 of 15

What experience do you have on a boat?

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1.
I'm happy but sometimes scared
 
2.
yes, i have experience on how to row and steer a boat.., during our actual demonstration in boat rowing in college, i was the one who rowing and steering it.
 
3.
Since i know the work of a sailor and because i want to becoming a seaman.
 
4.
Lot of experience,
 
5.
I have a lot of doings when im in the boat , being a ordinary seaman , i rust the iron , i clean the facilities , i do something to be busy.
 
6.
Very great experience with sea i ever seen sea before like this.
 
7.
I worked in watch keeping with oow as support level.
 
8.
Yes, I have experience on how to row and steer a boat.., during our actual demonstration in boat rowing in college, I was the one who rowing and steering it.
 
9.
I have 1yrs and 28 days of experience as a deck cadet. and i also experience as a ab deck casdet.
 
10.
Was at sea 2 weeks in a practice program, at school and rescue ship NAVIGATOR XXI in this year.
 

Education Requirements

Most water transportation jobs require the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and a Merchant Marine Credential (MMC).

Question
#5 of 15

What type of routine maintenance did you perform on your last ship?

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I was not able to have a routine maintenance because I was a fresh graduate but I able to know the theory on some machinery.
 
2.
I was not able to have a routine maintenance because I was a fresh graduate but I able to know the theory on the same machinery.
 
3.
Bridge duty sir and watchkeeping.
 
4.
I never able to have a routine maintenance on my previous vessel .
 
5.
Mainly bouy work and daily vessel maintaince in paint schemes and applying my seamanship skills.
 
6.
Sorry, I have never worked on board.
 
7.
I dont have any experience in a ship, but I love and like to.
 
8.
Chipping, grinding, paintingand working as helmsman.
 
9.
Check temperatures and pressures on ME and AE, check all fluids on board of ship.
 
10.
We sander sa rush and take paint on it.
 

Question
#6 of 15

When did you first want to become a sailor?

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Since i was at the young age.
 
2.
When i was borned.
 
3.
I want to earn more money, to support my family, and to send my kids to college.
 
4.
i want to become a sailor when i was 16 years old
 
5.
When i was a child, when my family have fishing business and i sometimes going at seas i realize i belong to it and it inspiers me when my family thought me that i am born on a boat.
 
6.
i come to sailor 2006
 
7.
Common sence.
 
8.
I have 20th years experience on a boat.
 
9.
During my college time.
 
10.
Since before i graduate of high school.
 

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#7 of 15

Tell me about your previous employment? How has that helped you for this career at sea?

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1.
Able seaman.
 
2.
I worked for a company located in spain, good word, boat tipy ferries al smallert but with hard work,
 
3.
Previously iam worked as computer technician but i like adventurous job on that time i prefer seamen job.
 
4.
Quite good as i got enough duties in bridge and a very helping officers.
 
5.
At now,i am student.
 
6.
Im first time to took up a job.
 
7.
Tell me about your previous employment? How has that helped you for this career at sea?
 
8.
Since i have finish my apprenticeship as a seaman in our country, i have learned many things.
 
9.
I was anyting in a practice program. I hope, that it will my first job, sir.
 
10.
tell me about drilling equipment
 

Question
#8 of 15

How do you handle working with a fellow seaman, who you do not like?

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1.
Work with them with my most intelligent behavior and sound mind. None.
 
2.
Work with them with my most intelligent behavior and sound mind. None.
 
3.
I will just try my best to understand him since I think teamwork is needed in this job.
 
4.
I`m a well diverse person sir, so I think I can adjust to anyone.
 
5.
I enjoy being part of a team, I can well with everyone, disliking people is not a good attitude to be at sea with.
 
6.
If I have one, I dont want to work with some guilt or strange feelings with my co worker, if we have this I wnt to settle it sooner. This is my job I want to work with happiness.
 
7.
I handle my works with faith of for my safety reason.
 
8.
I won't bother about him.
 
9.
How do you handle working with a fellow seama, who you do not like.
 
10.
Lazy peoples and slow workers.
 

Question
#9 of 15

How many times did you call off sick at your last job?

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Not yet sir.
 
2.
None sir. I always keep my body and mind fit and healthy sir.
 
3.
everything
 
4.
4
 
5.
If im sick i will pursue myself to work.
 
6.
I am a student never done any job yet bt yes not fallen sick since 5 years touch wood.
 
7.
I never missed a day during my 4 years of employment, even when I was involved in an accident in work I was injured for 2 weeks and my employer brought in extra help for me to carry on working.
 
8.
One, this were the time I adjust myself in a country that has different climate change.
 
9.
Save god I neve sick at sea.
 
10.
How many time did you call off sick at your last job.
 

Questions to Ask

1. When you did first want to become a sailor?

2. Whats your favorite aspect of sailing?

Question
#10 of 15

How important is safety to you?

User Submitted Interview Answers

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First and foremost important thing is safety for ourselves and crew members.
 
2.
Safety is important because we can apply it if we are onboard.
 
3.
First and foremost for yourself and your shipmate.
 
4.
First and foremost important thing is safety for ourselves and crew member.
 
5.
First and foremost above all.
 
6.
Safety is first for me as working at sea can be a dangerous job so I make sure myself and others have the correct ppe on and work in a safe manner.
 
7.
It is very important. Safety for me talks about life and death. All of us want safety, we do not want any harm.
 
8.
This is most important on board of ships.
 
9.
Safety is very important for me because if I dont have safety I cant onboard again on your ship.
 
10.
Safety first. Most important.
 

Question
#11 of 15

How many years of service do you have on deck?

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I have not experience, because I am a student.
 
2.
Since joining trinity house as a trainee deck rating I have presently 10 months sea service.
 
3.
I have experience only apprentice..
 
4.
Almost 7yrs on deck experience.
 
5.
Twenty seven years in service on deck.
 
6.
Twenty seven years from now.
 
7.
For now I have no experience in service.
 
8.
Its only seven days its my on job training.
 

Question
#12 of 15

What experience do you have being a fisherman?

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1.
Great experience.
 
2.
Cadet: I was proceeding In practice program, interships to I year student In Maritime university Szczecin. 2 weeks to School and research ship NAVIGATOR XXI. Earlier, activaied sailed, likewise at sea.
 
3.
I never been a fisherman.
 
4.
I have not experience , because i am a student.
 
5.
I have no experience about being a fisherman.
 
6.
i,no fisherman but i work at tug boat
 
7.
I ve not done fishing before.
 
8.
I cannot answer that question coz I dont have experience like fisherman.
 
9.
I have not experience, because I am a student.
 
10.
I don`t have an experience being a fisherman but I know how to fish sir.
 

Question
#13 of 15

If hired, how much time would you take, outside of work, to understand the operations of our ship?

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My worst weather condition to operate under is hurricane it happened during at sea.
 
2.
I will try to give my extra time apart from general work to learn new operation of ship.
 
3.
I will give my full time to understand the operation of our ship.
 
4.
Give me one hour. To understand the operations of the ship.
 
5.
I will try to give my extra time apart from general from general work to learn new operation of ship.
 
6.
Depends on the schedule of my duty/
 
7.
As long as it takes for me to learn sir.
 
8.
I would try to get extra time apart my general work to learn the new operation of the ship ...
 
9.
I would be prepared to take time outside of work to gain a good understanding of the ship and its operations and the how the company works.
 
10.
I dont have any experience in a ship, but if needed I want to focus on my job,
 

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#14 of 15

Do you have family? How will you be able to not see them for weeks, maybe even months at a time?

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Yes i have a family.my wife and i agreed on my profession.
 
2.
I must say, its not going to be easy but i have a wife who is capable of handling family matters.
 
3.
Yes i have a family their are my parents and my brothers, i really miss them all so much. it is ok because my parents know that have to leave them, to hard work and give a good life someday.
 
4.
Yes i have family, its hard but,i will sacrifice all the sadness to help my family from poverty.
 
5.
No family.
 
6.
Yes..just think of our future.
 
7.
Yes,its okay,ive experienced many times far away from them and now theres new technologies that i can easily contact them..
 
8.
I have, that's big problem that i will be trying overcome if i want to be a good seafearer as my big dream.
 
9.
Yes i have a family... but sailing is my passion.
 
10.
Yes I have, I alrady experienced of being far from them...I didnt feel homesick.
 

Question
#15 of 15

What is the worst weather condition you had to operate under?

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During the heavy seas and I am one of the authorize personnel to work.
 
2.
During the heavy seas and I am one of the authorize personnel to work.
 
3.
I think if a storm is coming.
 
4.
Its was violent storm with near 100 km/h wind speed on the coast of Somalian waters ...
 
5.
The worst weather I have had to operate in was doing look out duties responding to a coast guard search area during the winter season to look for any sign of a fishing vessel reported missing.
 
6.
Cold weather,I experienced it already in my last job. My body adjust , and I know now how to handle it.
 
7.
Rough weather especially rolling.
 
8.
15 degreese pitching and 2-3 degreese roling.
 
9.
When the time of my duty and the sea is very rough.. I always say to my self that I cant do it without vomitting.
 
10.
When the time of my duty and the sea is very rough.. I always say to my self that I cant do it without vomitting.